Before departure for a positioning flight in Brooklyn, Iowa, the pilot was told that an observer/passenger would be joining him for the flight. The Cessna 206, which was typically used in skydiving operations, had its right cabin door removed, and a fabric roll-up jump door had been installed, which was not closed during the flight. [Read more…]
David Colangelo sent in these photos, snapped Aug. 13. He explains: “I snuck out to get an hour in my log book before work and found myself at Doylestown Airport (KDYL) in Pennsylvania right at sunrise while the rest of the world (and the airplanes) were still fast asleep. For the record I don’t fly that King Air — it’s the charter plane.” [Read more…]
We need your help. Beyond the iPad and its associated apps that have changed flying, what are some other innovations that make your flying safer, easier or more enjoyable? It could be something big, like the aileron or something small like a home-brewed method for collecting oil from an engine. Send it in using the form below, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want us to contact you, please include your phone number or email address. [Read more…]
Kirby Chambliss, Michael Goulian and others involved in the Red Bull Air Race celebrate National Aviation Day, which was held Aug. 19, in this short video: [Read more…]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Aug. 19, a group of aerospace and aviation experts launched an effort to create global training standards for aviation maintenance technicians and other industry workers.
This is the first new committee launched this year by ASTM International, one of the world’s largest standards development organizations.
Called Committee F46 on Aerospace Personnel, the group aims to create consensus-driven standards that will help workers gain skills to adapt to new technologies and other advancements. [Read more…]
MIAMI — Pan Am International Flight Academy has been approved by the FAA to conduct the Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP), a new training requirement for pilots wishing to qualify for the FAA Airline Transport Pilot exam.
The six-day program consists of 30 hours of academic training including: Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Air Carrier Operations, Leadership, CRM and Safety, plus 10 hours of training and demonstration in a level D simulator.
On Dec. 18, 1990, Tom Casey became the first person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine seaplane, landing only on water. He did it in a converted Cessna 206 named the “Liberty II” equipped with floats. A new novel by William Coleman, “Floatplane Odyssey,” details the account of this historic adventure. [Read more…]